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Possible mixing of chemicals causes Great Lakes Cheese to evacuate

LA CROSSE, Wis. — The La Crosse Fire Department responded to a call at Great Lakes Cheese for a chemical incident on Wednesday afternoon.

Crews responded to a pull activation fire alarm at Great Lakes Cheese on Enterprise Ave. in La Crosse. When they arrived, employees were evacuating the building. Tri-State Ambulance evaluated two individuals on scene who reported symptoms associated with a chemical released. Hazmat team members made entry to investigate the release and found no active chemical reaction or chemical related problem. No one was hospitalized, and no other damage was reported.

The fire department says an employee may have mixed the wrong chemicals during a routine maintenance and cleaning procedure. La Crosse Police and the Great Lakes Cheese plant safety managers assisted.

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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